Energy Conservation Academic Certificate


This program prepares students for a variety of careers in the energy conservation industry and related fields, such as energy auditors, product specifiers, quality control supervisors, materials testers, and site inspectors. Individuals interested in developing small independent energy conservation contracting businesses will also find this program useful toward achieving that goal. Courses within this program utilize the latest industry-standard scientific methods, instruments and software for determining the energy consumption profile for buildings.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Conduct performance audits of energy consumption in existing buildings.
  • Plan energy renovation projects.
  • Provide leadership in creating and maintaining a safe working environment.
  • Organize and run an independent construction business.

Program Entry Requirements:

Students are normally required to take the College's placement tests at the time of entry. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses in addition to the requirements of their program.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

To qualify for the Academic Certificate in Energy Conservation, a student must complete a minimum of 30 credits as prescribed and attain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average).

Course Sequence:

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits
ADC 101 - Introduction to Design and Construction   3 credits
ADC 103 - CAD Basics   3 credits
ADC 136 - Construction Safety and Building Codes   3 credits
ENGL 101 - English Composition   3 credits
MATH 137 - Geometry for Design (or higher MATH)   3 credits

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits
ADC 112 - Construction Materials and Detailing: Properties ADC 103 or ADC 109 3 credits
ADC 146 - Construction Supervision and Business Practices ADC 101 3 credits
ADC 161 - Introduction to Building Science ADC 101 3 credits
ADC 286 - Building Rehabilitation and Energy Retrofit ADC 101 3 credits
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

For More Information, Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.

Gainful Employment:

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